Archive for September, 2009

The New You Aesthetic Medicine @ Pure Spa Entices Clients to Look Flawless this Fall

pure441To encourage clients to look their best moving forward into Fall, The New You Aesthetic Medicine @ Pure Spa in Dallas, TX, is making it even easier on the purse strings. In addition to offering 12-month interest-free financing on all packages costing more than $300, special Fall promotions include:

• Hollywood Face: Five Laser Genesis treatments and five microdermabrasion treatments for $1,000

• Mini Face Lift without Surgery: Three Titan Laser treatments, four Photofacials, and four Laser Genesis treatments for $2,400

• Re-Claim Your Youth Now: Botox injections for $12 per unit (minimum of 20 units) and Juvederm and Restylane for 50 percent off  per syringe

• Laser Hair Removal: Buy three sessions and get three free

In addition, new clients will receive a microdermabrasion treatment for only $50, including consultation. With deals like these, Dallas denizens can put their best face forward without breaking the bank.

Carol’s Daughter Introduces
The Back Room Hand & Foot Spa

backroom1In today’s fast-paced world, many nail spas have adopted an assembly line mentality in which the need for speed is tantamount to good service. For those who prefer a more relaxing experience in an inviting lounge-like setting, there is The Back Room Hand & Foot Spa, a charming retreat found in Carol’s Daughter Flagship store in Harlem (New York City). Relying on recipes that incorporate Carol’s Daughter products and a host of fresh ingredients, the spa offers seasonal manicures and pedicures, such as the Haute Chocolate Experience ($22 for a manicure, $36 for a pedicure, $48 for both), made from brown sugar, cocoa, cream, and honey. I experienced the Lavender & Vanilla Experience pedicure ($36), which used chamomile, lavender, sea salt, and vanilla. When it was over, I was reluctant to leave the cozy retreat.

Three Custom Color Specialists Run a Super Sale Through Oct. 1


Color me happy—Three Custom Color Specialists just announced a web sale starting today through midnight Oct. 1! Online shoppers are entitled to a 40% discount via the website—all they have to do is enter LOVE at checkout. For more information and to start your shopping, click here.

Marie Louise Makes A U.S. Splash

banner_retailAmerican estheticians can now embrace an ancient skincare export from Japan, courtesy of Marie Louise Cosmetics, a leading Japanese skincare brand from the former beauty consultant to the Taisho and Shouwa emperors that was established in 1912. The company was founded in the belief that pure deep sea water and minerals provide skin with a healthy, natural glow. The water used in Marie Louise products is drawn off the shores of Yuron Island near Okinawa at a depth of approximately 450 meters below sea level. Each product features a proprietary Deep Sea Concentrate, which promotes a healthy cellular metabolism and features a unique nanoemulsion technology that delivers immediate results through deeper penetration of skin. The brand is supported with both professional (prices range from $57 to $74) and retail (prices range from $51 to $109) products. Worldwide, Marie Louise Cosmetics are available in top spas and salons in Japan, Korea, Russia. In the U.S., the brand is distributed exclusively by KosmeLink.

Spa Week is Back!

hot-stone-massageExperience the luxe life at a fraction of the cost by experiencing Spa Week’s amazing $50 treatments. Being held at participating spas during October 12-18, this bi-annual event is taking place in the following cities: Austin, TX; Boston; Dallas/Fort Worth; Denver; Detroit; Houston; Nashville, TN; Philadelphia; Pittsburgh; San Antonio; Toronto; Virginia Beach, VA; and Washington, D.C. Spa Week deals can also be found throughout Florida, Georgia, Maryland, Minnesota, New Jersey, New York, and North Carolina. To learn more about making appointments, click here. Also, if you would like to remind your friends to take advantage of these great deals, feel free to send them a playful e-card courtesy of Spa Week.

The Spa at Mandarin Oriental, New York Thinks Pink and Offers a Year’s Worth of Wellness

slide_3A luxe Zen palace perched high above New York City’s Columbus Circle, The Spa at Mandarin Oriental, New York is a glorious escape in the center of Manhattan. With the re-launch of the Spa for a Year program, guests have the opportunity to keep coming back to the spa every month for a little urban renewal. In support of October’s Breast Cancer Awareness Month, Spa for a Year is a raffle that entitles the winner to a two-hour treatment every month for twelve months. Starting on October 1st, guests will be able to buy a Long Life Raffle Token at the reception desk for $50 a piece. If people would like a little more luck (and tokens) on their side, they can purchase 10 tokens for $450 and 20 tokens for $900. All of the proceeds will go to The Breast Cancer Research Foundation (BCRF). According to Denise Vitello, spa director at Mandarin Oriental, New York, this promotion helped raise $3,500 for the BCRF last year. “We are very excited to be continuing this program in support of breast cancer research,” she states “Last year, guests bought tokens in bulk to give to loved ones, friends, and breast cancer survivors.”

Hollywood Prepares for Sheer Bliss

hollywoodBliss just announced that it will open its newest spa location at the W Hollywood (CA), which is expected to open in December. The 6,075-square-foot bi-level spa will feature a retail beauty boutique; a nail lounge that includes two movie-while-you-manicure nail stations equipped with personal plasma tvs, dvd players, and headsets; seven treatment rooms; and men’s and women’s locker rooms and lounges. The spa will also feature many of Bliss’s signature touches, like rhythm and blues music and a brownie buffet. It’s sure to leave both A-listers and visitors to the City of Angels in a state of bliss.

Los Cabos Encourages South of the Border Spa-ing


Whenever I’m asked to suggest a great place to visit for a relaxing vacation that includes sun, sand, and spa (which happens quite often, given my profession), I immediately say Los Cabos, Mexico. Because it is my own personal paradise, I can’t help but boast about the wonderful culture, the hospitality of the locals, the abundance of amazing resorts, and, of course, the rapidly expanding spa scene. Unfortunately, 2009 hasn’t been a good year for tourism in Mexico, due mostly to the H1N1 outbreak and the dismal state of the economy. With that in mind, many resorts are offering unbeatable deals to entice visitors to see for themselves why Los Cabos is one of the best relaxation destinations. Here is just a sampling of some irresistible packages currently being offered:

Cabo Spa at Esperanza Resort is offering the Aroma and Essence package. Starting at $3,796 based on double occupancy, this four-night deal includes a private transfer from the airport, an Oceanview Casita, daily breakfast for two, a 90-minute treatment of the client’s choosing, and two 60-minute massages per person.

The Spa at Las Ventanas Al Paraíso’s pampering Soul & Spirit four-night package includes more than eight hours worth of spa treatments per person. Spa-goers can choose from an array of relaxing services to restore their minds and spirits, including the Sea & Star Massage, the Ultimate Facial, and the Herbal Healer Massage. Starting at $7,851 for two, guests also receive daily breakfast and dinner, as well as a healthy spa departure meal that can be eaten on the plane.

The Spa at Marquis Los Cabos tempts spa-goers with the Sense of Pampering package. Starting at $460 per person per night with a minimum stay of five nights, guests will enjoy two massages per day, a manicure and pedicure, a private health consultation with a spa specialist, and a $50 credit per person per day for any additional spa treatments of their choice. Daily breakfast, three lunches, and a romantic dinner for two are also included.

Assessing the Damage of this Past Summer’s Sun Exposure

images-11Earlier this week, I attended a panel discussion by several leading dermatologists on the dangers of cumulative exposure to the sun. Anyone who knows me knows that I’m the last person to be found basking in the sun. In fact, one of my healthiest addictions is to sunscreen. I’m relentless when it comes to reapplying. Not everyone, however, shares my fear of ultraviolet rays. That’s why now—at summer’s end—is the perfect time to encourage your spa-going clients to schedule a yearly skin screening with their dermatologists to detect any potential skin cancers.

Here are a few sun-savvy facts you should know:

  • More than 90 percent of all skin cancers are associated with sun exposure.
  • The need for adult Americans to consider past sun exposure and damage has never been greater. Skin cancer is the world’s most common cancer but also one of the most preventable.
  • It’s not true that almost all UV skin damage is complete by 18 years of age. It can continue throughout an entire lifetime.
  • Actinic keratosis (AK) is one of the earliest warning signs of potential skin cancer and is caused by long-term exposure to the sun’s UV light. They are rough or scaly spots that form on the skin. AKs can vary in shape and color, ranging from red to light or dark tan, pink, or a combination of these colors.For more information, visit

St. Regis to Feature Hawaiian Healing on
The Garden Isle

sr-princeville-pool-dusk-landscapeOn October 1, The St. Regis Princeville Resort will be opening its doors on Kaua’i’s north shore. Complete with highly anticipated amenities, such as a flora-surrounded infinity pool offering stunning views of Hanalei Bay and a Jean-Georges Vongerichten dining experience, the St. Regis will feature the 10,000-square-foot Halele’a Spa, to be opened before the end of the year. Inspired by native Hawaiian rituals, the menu will offer plenty of decadent treats for spa-goers to enjoy a first-class experience. Whether its because of the royal treatment during relaxation or merely for the ambience of the resort, guests are sure to enjoy the St. Regis, an elegant escape in the Aloha State and a welcomed addition to the Starwood family. Look out for more information on this tropical escape in an upcoming issue of American Spa.

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